Alan Pardew hails Newcastle United's heroes

Alan Pardew hailed match winners Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko as Newcastle marched into the top five

Alan Pardew
Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew hailed match winners Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko as Newcastle marched into the top five.

Sissoko ended a long barren run with a goal which Pardew feels will be in his top ten of all time.

He said: “I am surprised he hasn’t scored more but I am delighted he scored that goal because it is a wonder goal and will go in his top 10 of all time no matter how long he plays,.

“It bought the house down and that is why fans pay their money for moments like that.

“The workrate and everything else that goes on I love as a professional, but fans want to see those moments and I was pleased they got one.”

On Gouffran, the United manager was equally effusive.

He added: “He probably had the lower profile and is on the fringes of the French squad but he has cemented a place in the team and done very well.

His personality has a lot to do with it - he is a real likeable guy, he works hard and I think he gets the respect of all our group.

“He feels good he is getting respect from these great players which is making him go up to a level perhaps than he has played before and I think he is the only player, apart from Tim Krul, who has played every Premier League game for me.”

Newcastle have ended talk of inconsistency with two excellent home wins and Pardew looks like a good candidate for November’s manager-of-the-month after four victories.

“I felt we were in good control of this game up until the equaliser when they had a good spell and they scored,” said Pardew.

“I thought that was the only period where it got away from us a little bit, then we got the second quickly after and we looked fairly comfortable.

“However, a Premier League team has assets on the bench, they threw bodies forward and it is always going to be hairy. I am very happy with these two wins.”


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